It is challenging for businesses to accomplish what is needed today with yesterday's information and communications technology (ICT). To maximize agility and productivity in the current and future climates, businesses will require an integrated convergence of network, wireline and wireless access and applications.
Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan has published two white papers entitled "Technology Convergence and Information Velocity: The Engines for Business Agility and Workforce Productivity" and "Simplification Through Convergence: Reducing Cost and Complexities," which examine the business benefits of uniting technology to drive the enterprises' vision.
Businesses that ignore advancements in technology will struggle as they work harder and faster in an attempt to reach performance levels that are outside old technologies' capabilities. In time, these antiquated technologies become an impediment; and worse, these businesses find themselves at a competitive disadvantage to those businesses that routinely progress with technology.
Furthermore, network traffic has its own unique patterns of highs and lows that require network planning based on peak demand across all traffic types voice, data and video. Sub-optimal preparation and traffic management contribute to unused or dormant capacity. While performance quality is suitable, the enterprise will be overspending.
To address this issue, network convergence combines all traffic types onto a single network to improve bandwidth utilization that, in turn, contributes to optimized network expenditures. A lynchpin to effective network convergence is dynamic bandwidth allocation; this allows multiple traffic types to coexist while governing total bandwidth consumption and also maintaining performance standards for each traffic type.
Potential cost savings with convergence does not end with optimized bandwidth utilization. Other direct cost savings materialize with service companions to a multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network, such as session initiation protocol (SIP) Trunking and mobile integration.
"A driving force of convergence is simplification," said Stratecast Vice President of Research Michael Suby. "Through simplification, obsolete and expensive technologies are retired, moving your business forward without risking the bottom line. Convergence represents a compelling value proposition."
Information should not be stagnant for any business; it must flow fluidly among those that can act on it to drive the business forward.
"Convergence helps businesses stay ahead of the game," said Suby. "Few, if any, businesses can thrive with older technologies, and depending on your market situation, you could leapfrog your competitors."
These two white papers analyze the value of technology convergence adoption, providing the level of information and velocity needed to keep businesses driving forward. Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan identified Sprint as an innovative service provider of wireless, wireline and converged solutions for enterprise and midsized business and public sector customers. Sprint is uniquely positioned to manage a converged, cloud, and mobile infrastructure, unleashing the full potential of business critical applications to increase the productivity of today's enterprise employees. "Sprint has taken a compelling approach to convergence," said Suby. "They have taken the complex concept of holistic convergence (network, access and applications) and made it simple and beneficial for all constituents, including end users, network administrators even the CFO."
In addition to Sprint's convergence offerings, the company also differentiates its MPLS offering in the market with a global, end-to-end IP network, single class of service pricing, and aggressive service level agreements, and is committed to excellence in solution design, installation, support and care through a single account team.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel (sprint.com) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company.
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